ASH Daily news for 23 February 2016



HEADLINES

  • Warning to electronic cigarette users following battery explosion
  • UK air pollution ‘linked to 40,000 early deaths a year’
  • Top ten most controversial adverts revealed
  • Study: Measuring nicotine delivery from electronic cigarettes
  • Isle of Man: Smoking in cars with children banned
  • Northern Ireland: Assembly votes to ban smoking in cars with children and tax sugary drinks

    Warning to electronic cigarette users following battery explosion

    The Local Government Association (LGA) has issued a warning to electronic cigarettes users following reports of battery explosions.

    According to the LGA a major issue is that some batteries bought online are not up to standard and can explode. They have advised electronic cigarette users to:

    • Always use the correct charger and follow the manufacturer’s instructions
    • Never charge a battery that has been damaged, dropped or struck
    • Never plug a charger into a non-approved mains power transformer
    • Check your battery has an overcharge or overheat protection function
    • Don’t overcharge. Remove the battery from charge when complete
    • Never leave a charging battery unattended
    • Don’t use if wet
    • Do not overtighten the atomiser when connecting it to the charge

    Source: Ashford Herald, 22 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1TwtuBz

    UK air pollution ‘linked to 40,000 early deaths a year’

    “Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution”, the report from the Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Heath, which sets out the impact of air pollution, is now available online.

    It can be accessed here.

    Source: BBC News, 23 February 2016
    Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35629034

    Top ten most controversial adverts revealed

    The top 10 most complained about adverts in 2015 have been revealed by the Advertising Standards Authority.

    They include a Public Health England anti-smoking campaign, which showed a cigarette containing flesh which prompted 181 complaints, an electronic cigarette advert, and an advert released by the British Heart Foundation.

    Source: Independent, 23 February 2016
    Link: http://ind.pn/1UjS89s

    Study: Measuring nicotine delivery from electronic cigarettes

    Ahead of the implementation of the EU TPD, from which point electronic cigarettes sold in Europe will have to be tested to ensure that they deliver nicotine consistently, a study published in the journal Addiction has evaluated a new method for measuring nicotine delivery from electronic cigarettes.

    The authors propose that this protocol could be adopted by the EU regulators as a method for testing consistency in nicotine delivery from electronic cigarettes.

    Source
    Addiction: Protocol proposal for, and evaluation of, consistency in nicotine delivery from the liquid to the aerosol of electronic cigarettes atomizers: regulatory implications

    Source: Medical News Today, 22 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1oZUfTX

    Isle of Man: Smoking in cars with children banned

    Drivers in the Isle of Man will be banned from smoking in cars carrying children from March 30th this year.

    The move follows similar bans in England and Wales and aims to protect youngsters from secondhand smoke.

    Source: BBC News, 22 February 2016
    Link: http://bbc.in/1oEx2Xn

    Northern Ireland: Assembly votes to ban smoking in cars with children and tax sugary drinks

    The Northern Ireland Assembly has voted in favour of introducing a ban on smoking in vehicles when children are present as well as a new tax on sugary drinks.

    The measures were proposed by Sinn Féin as amendments to the Health Bill which is making its way through the Assembly.

    Source: BBC News, 22 February 2016
    Link: http://bbc.in/24mXKUP